The Bethel Church Council agreed to make masking optional beginning March 21 for all activities at Bethel unless other guidance is given. The CDC guidelines list Clay County in a medium Community level because of hospital beds used, hospital admissions and total number of new COVID 19 cases in the County. Additionally, the Positivity rate for Clay County sits at 2.88% further indicating a lessening of the effects of COVID locally. The Church Council will be responsible for returning Bethel to mask requirements if the Community Level rises once again to a high level. There will be an area in the Sanctuary that will be designed as "Mask Friendly Pews" for those that would feel more comfortable in a designated area that is masked. The first 5 rows on the left side of the sanctuary as you enter will be designated as mask friendly. Thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation during these extraordinary times.